Back by popular request, gypsy folk favourites MZAZA return to the BEMAC stage for a special edition World Music Cafe on Friday 15th December at 7pm. Just back from after their sold out show with Vardos earlier this year, and an 18 date regional tour, the twice Queensland Music Award winners are looking forward to premiering some new songs and delighting fans with older favourites.
Always in good company, these wonderful musicians from Australia and Europe bring another talented friend in tow - brilliant violinist Shenzo Gregorio. He is best known for his work in the Shenzo's Electric Stunt Orchestra, Fourplay and for his appearances in projects such as the Doch Gypsy Orchestra and Flamenco Fire. For this special World Music Cafe, Shenzo joins the bill at the helm of a gypsy jazz trio that will take you back to the gay Paris hot clubs of the 1930s. Tickets are $20 to $25 and are available from Bemac.
If this fantastic line up is not reason enough to make your way to Queensland Multicultural Centre at 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, here's some more good news. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease foundation towards further research. MND is a progressive, terminal, neurological illness that affects over 2000 Australians today and for which there is no known cure or effective treatment.
MZAZA (approved promo image)
Who are MZAZA? Award-winning six-piece MZAZA provides Balkan French sounds for vodka-drinking, sophisticated folk lovers around the world. Lead by French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this group of talented musicians from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia will entertain you with inspired performances and draw you into a world that knows no borders. The impressive musicianship of MZAZA (with accordion, violin, percussion, double bass and guitar) has enchanted audiences in Europe and Australia at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Pflasterspektakal Festival and on the airwaves internationally.
Shenzo Gregorio has been performing professionally for almost 20 years. Career highlights include performing at NYC's world famous Carnegie Hall with Fourplay String Quartet and Author Neil Gaiman. He's a leader in his field of jazz and world styles, and has performed in Russia, Brazil, Asia, India, Europe and all over Australia at various festivals. Having freelanced professionally since 1997, Shenzo has performed in concert with Natalie Cole, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, James Morrison, Lyndon Terrachini, Elena Kats-Chernin, Graeme Connors, Casey Donavan, William Barton, Katie Noonan, Johnny Diesel, The Ten Tenors, Il Divo, and Shellie Morris to name a few! He has also supported international acts such as Mariah Carey, Mike Patton, Leo Kottke, and the Buena Vista Social Club. He's recorded on over 50 albums and received numerous awards for his work, including the Golden Fiddle award for best band, Best of the Fringe award at the 2002 Adelaide Fringe festival, Aria award winner for his work on Monsieur Camembert's third album and Three Helpmann award nominations for his work with Adelaide Circus Company Gravity and other Myths. Impressive or what?